welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of the stories we're following this hour. residents in western japan are bracing for the impact of a powerful storm that brushed past the islands of okinawa. about 190 indonesians will go to the polls on wednesday to choose the next president. security is tight in jakarta ahead of the election. north koreans have marked the 20th anniversary of the death of the country's founder
by pledging to work for unity under his grandson. winds and waves from typhoon neoguri have struck japan's southern islands of okinawa. weather officials have issued emergency warnings and more than half a million have been advised to find safe shelter. weather officials are warning of heavy rain, high winds, waves and storm surges. they are telling people to get to emergency structures that can withstand strong winds. a car was turning right at a junction when a water tank dropped off the roof of a building. similar damages have been reported elsewhere. at least 25 people have been injured in the prefecture. electricity supplies to more than 100,000 households have been disrupted. airlines canceled all flights to and from okinawa on tuesday. the u.s. military moved its planes temporarily to guam and south korea. the typhoon is moving towards
japan's southern main island of kyushu. farmers cut upper parts of corn stems. >> translator: we want to reduce wind resistance to keep the stems from falling down. we just hope the power of the typhoon will decrease. >> officials say at least two have died on the sea. in western japan, a man was found floating near a fishing port. police suspect he fell overboard and died while tying a boat to the shore. another man died after his boat was swamped by high waves off the coast of shikuku. our meteorologist, jonathan oh, is here with the latest on typhoon neoguri. here is the latest. it continues to move toward the north and hold its powerful status as a very strong typhoon. you can see here the well defined eye continuing to appear visible as this system continues to track north and northwesterly.
this system had a lot of winds with it. let me show you the gust reports from tuesday. anywhere from 181 in naha to 191 in tokashiki. lots of wind with neo guchltgur. lots of rain is headed towards western japan. in kyushu, rainfall totals from 184-375 millimeters over the past 48 hours. this is not related to neoguri. when the system arrives, that will add another 200 millimeters of rainfall as we go throughout a 24-hour period on wednesday. here are the rate test statistics. moving north/northwesterly, slightly slower at 25 miles per hour. wind speeds up to 162 kilometers per hour. moving north and northwesterly but eventually by wednesday, it will start turning toward the snort and east and then moving towards kyushu. already, the outer bands affecting the island. this will spread its influence into tokyo by thursday and friday.
plenty of rainfall to talk about all the way into hokkaido going throughout the rest of the week. we'll have a look at the world weather forecast coming up in just a bit. the world's third largeers democracy is going to the polls on wednesday. millions of indonesians will choose a new president. whoever wins the two-horse race will lead a country with the largest economy and population in the asean group. nhk world is covering the election from the capital, jakarta, over the next two days. two candidates are facing off in the election. j joko widodo and a former military general, pra beau woe sue bee an toe. in jakarta, they gathered before the city's landmark
international monument on tuesday and will guard polling stations during the election. >> translator: we have to guard against potential threats on election day. the threats include mass mobilizations and voting offenses as well as ordinary crimes so we'll gather here and deploy all our forces to prevent these threats. >> the two candidates are a study in contrast. joko widodo is popular with millions of people and was front-runner early in the campaign. his rival, prabowo subianto has narrowed the gap. both men worked hard to reach voters across this hinuge countries with three time zones. we report. >> reporter: joko widodo is 53
years old. he has been traveling to remote areas around the country to chat with voters. joko comes from a poor family. and he is winning the support of the poor by promising to foster economic growth and improve social security. after being issued governor, he issued a card that gives those with low incomes medical treatment. he is promising to make the system nationwide. >> i have this card issued in jakarta. so that poor people can also receive medical treatment. i want to make it available to everyone.
this woman is a joko supporter. she lives with her husband and shom children. her husband earns about $5 a day selling food on the street. she hopes that if joko becomes president, her family will be able to escape poverty. >> translator: joko is advocating good policies. he will make our lives better. >> reporter: on this day, joko visited the area where casmini lives. she attended his campaign rally. >> translator: i am happy to see him coming here. i'll be sure to vote for joko. ♪ >> reporter: prabowo subianto is
the only other candidate. the 62-year-old former general is, himself, a decisive, strong leader. his support mainly comes from app fluent places. >> translator: if i become president, i can foster the economy and make this country stronger. >> translator: prabowo is a wonderful man. he is well-suited to govern indonesia. >> translator: he will bring honor back to this country. >> reporter: he uses the image of the former president as a tool in his campaign. even though he was removed from power by a democratic movement, he is still called the father of development in the country. he did much to boost the economy by aggressively attracting the
falling economy. he is trying to win the votes of people who look back on the strong leader with nostalgic. >> translator: if prabowo is elected, the economy will grow and we can have a rich life just like in the suharta era. >> reporter: voters will choose between joko, who is popular among ordinary people and prabow. who is campaigning on his leadership abilities. nearly 190 million will go to the polls on wednesday to decide the country's future. nhk world, jakarta. it's been 20 years since the founder of north korea died. his grandson, first second, kim jong-un, and top officials have paid tribute to kim il-sung in a memorial ceremony.
it was head at pyongyang and broadcast live on state-run tv. the chairman of the supreme people's assembly said that the nation should unite further under the country's leader, kim yong number urged north koreans to follow the founder's will by carrying on the tradition of solidarity. kim jong-un attended the ceremony but the tv footage showed him limping on stage. he appeared to be limping in a video when he visited before the ceremony. this has led members of the south korean media to speculate that he may have health problems. a chinese newspaper is accusing japanese leaders of wanting another war. it ran a full-page advertisements showing mushroom
clouds rising over here roe shi ma and nagasaki. it appeared in the chongqing youth news. an editorial claims japan will be free to take part in wars overseas and use armed force. the writer was referring to a decision leaders in tokyo made last week, allowing japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense. the editorial also urges chinese to strengthen their military and be on higher alert against japan. it says, china has been too tolerant in its policies toward the country over the past 40 plus years. chongqing youth representative said the paper placed the advertisement itself but did not say why. japanese foreign minister fumio kushida condemned the ad. consulate general to confirm facts and make a protest. >> translator: it was truly thoughtless of the paper to show the pictures of mushroom clouds. i find it unacceptable as the foreign minister of the only country to have suffered atomic bombings and as a politician from hiroshima.
>> kishida rejected the criticism of the new japanese defense policy. he said there's no change in japan's position as a nation that loves peace. and he said prime minister shinzo abe has made it clear his country will never wage war again. >> jp an's prime minister is in australia seeking to open a new area in trade and diplomacy. shinzo abe has addressed leaders of parliament being the first japanese leader to do so. he called for closer cooperation with australian leaders. >> japan is now wanting to change its legal basis for security so that we can act jointly with other countries. in as many ways as possible. we want to make japan a country that will work to build an
international order that upholds the rule of law. >> the members of abe's cabinet decided last week to reinterpret the constitution to enable japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense. they want personnel to be able to defend allies under attack. abe told members of the australian house of representatives that japan will keep a vow of peace made after world war ii. the prime minister also referred to maritime security. >> let us join together all the more in order to make the vast seas from the pacific ocean to the indian and those skies open and free. >> japanese and other leaders have voiced concern over china's efforts to assert their claims in the east and south china seas.
abe's mission in australia was not just about strengthening security cooperation. he and his australian counterpart, tony abbott, finally signed a bilateral trade agreement. with this deal, japan can buy more cheaply and australia can buy cars at a lower price or lower prices. the signing ceremony was held in the capital, kambera. >> translator: the japan/australia epa is a very important framework for bilateral trade and investment and has historic significance for our close bilateral relationship. >> today's visit is about a friendship, a special relationship, which has now been well and truly on foot for six decades. >> the agreement says that japan will reduce its tariff on frozen australian beef from the current 38.5% to 19.5% over the next 18 years.
tariffs on chilled australian beef will also be reduced to 23.5% within 15 years. australia will immediately remove the 5% tariff on imported japanese cars with engines of 1,500 to 3,000 cc displacement. tariffs on other types of japanese cars will be reduced to zero over the next three years. it took negotiators seven years to reach a deal. ron madison from our business team spoke earlier with nhk's kyoto fujita who has been following the issue. >> both sides were well aware of the merits of making this work particularly for beef owners and auto workers and prime minister abe considered the implications for a much bigger deal on a trans-pacific partnership. he offered the lowest tariffs on beef for australians. in april they reached outlines of an agreement with the australians just before u.s. president barack obama arrived
in tokyo for a summit with abe. officials had trouble reaching agreement with the u.s. counterparts on their part of the tpp. and they wanted to nudge the americans into making some concessions. in 2003, japanese officials halted imports of american beef after an outbreak of mad cow disease. they've resumed trade under certain conditions, but the australians still enjoy the top share in the import market. and the epa would put u.s. beef at a further disadvantage if the americans do not move fast to conclude the tpp talks. >> okay. now the auto trade also a big sticking point in these negotiations. what did the negotiators really have to consider in their discussions on this? >> well, in terms of autos, japanese carmakers have the top share in the australian market. but the rivals from the u.s. and south korea are close behind. soaring labor costs have forced many carmakers to pull out of australia. so australian officials are walking a fine line. they've already abolished
tariffs on u.s. vehicles and they signed a free trade agreement in april with the south koreans. tariffs on small and mid-sized south korean cars are set to be eliminated later this year. the japanese wanted to ensure that their automakers would be able to compete on equal footing. >> why did prime minister abe decide this time to go ahead and travel to australia for the meetings? >> well, prime minister abe sees the value of australia for economic reasons and for national security. japan used to import many raw materials, including coal and liquefied natural gas from australia. japanese officials fear what might happen if the chinese were to look to australia to satisfy some of their energy needs. so they made sure the australians would inform them in advance about changes to exports of food and other resources. government leaders hope that by strengthening ties with australia before the chinese, they will be able to increase their influence in the region.
israeli military jets have launched an air raid on the gaza strip. killing at least four people. there were large explosions for several hours early tuesday morning. it comes after more than 60 rockets fired from gaza hit israel. israeli military officials say the targets included some 50 sites related to the islamic fundamentalist group, hamas. at least 24 people were reportedly injured. the officials said israel would continue the operation. at least four people were killed in the afternoon when a car was hit in central gaza. hamas leaders called the bombing outrageous. the group launched rockets into israel after the air raid.
tensions have beem escalatin in recent days following the murders of three young israelis and a palestinian teenager. >> a court in indonesia has found a boat captain guilty in connection with the death of two japanese divers. the man took seven japanese women to a dive spot near the island of bali in february. all of them went missing. five were rescued. two were found dead. prosecutors demanded a longer prison term of 3 1/2 years. the skipper said he left the scene to refuel the boat and had no intention of leaving the women behind. he asked for a reduced sentence. the court said the captain had a responsibility to prepare reserve fuel in case of bad weather. it said his negligence resulted in a large number of victims and damaged bali's reputation as a tourist destination. a japanese professor has come up with a technique to assist some local farmers. he is pumping tiny bubbles into
the water and he is now seeing a big benefit. >> reporter: under the water at a fish farm in kochi prefecture, western japan, you can see bubbles being pumped in. they are no ordinary bubbles. the diameter of each is less than 0 .1 millimeters. they are called micro bubbles. the professor has been studying them for six years. >> translator: microbubbles are very small but have big potential. >> reporter: he has been attracted to the unique characteristics of microbubbles. the bubbles in the left beaker are ordinary ones used in fish tanks. the other one contains
microbubbles. ordinary bubbles are big and so soon disappear. but microbubbles stay in water longer because they're so much smaller. >> translator: microbubbles take time to disappear. that means they can dissolve oxygen in water more efficiently. >> reporter: hata thought that characteristic could help the fisheries industry. by improving the flow of oxygen to the fish. farm operators periodically use chemical drugs to kill pair parasites in the fish but if there are too many fish in a pool rk pool, overcrowd willing can lead to a shortage of oxygen. typically, fish then die off, which hits the fisheries bottom line. but since hata started pumping in his microbubbles to increase
oxygen levels, operators now say it's rare for fish to die. >> translator: the work has become easier and efficiency has increased. we're really grateful for the microbubble machine. >> reporter: and the technique has also been applied to the production of ginger. one of the region's specialties. the bubbles help clean the root vegetable. microbubbles are negatively charged when in water. soil on the ginger, on the other hand, is positively charged. so the bubbles stick to the soil and wash it away. this mechanism makes it easier to get the ginger clean. using microbubbles reduces the amount of water needed to clean the ginger by half. >> translator: creating micro bubbles requires only air and water. so i think there are many fields in which we can easily apply the technique and support local industry. >> reporter: kochi prefectural
government has started funding the microbubble project. hata is now researching if giving crops water contains microbubbles can boost harvests and he'll be hoping for another success that won't just burst and disappear. our meteorologist, jonathan oh, is back with the look at the rest of the world weather. jonathan? >> hello. let's take a look at what's happening in asia. we are continuing to monitor typhoon neoguri as it continues to turn to the north and northwest. we expect it to turn to the northeast. already, out ter bands in terms of wind and rain. what is eventually going to happen, as it moves to the north, you can see a line of clouds in northern china. that's part of the frontal system that will help push this further to the east. that turn will take place around
wednesday. that interaction will help to start breaking the system up a little bit. it won't weaken but rain and wind will be a part of the story for wednesday for western japan. more rain spreading to the east into the central portions of japan by thursday into friday. a look at the forecast. rain for shanghai. 30 degrees. the rainy season front still is in effect. we are seeing the rain continue down into manila with a high of 31. clouds will be on the increase for seoul and tokyo. temperatures in the low 30s for our wednesday. we are also looking at some storms that are now progressing toward the tennessee valley area and into the ohio river valley, because of a frontal system responsible for dumping hail back towards nebraska and missouri. as this frontal system pushes to the east, we will see the possibility of strong thunderstorms, anywhere from the northeast of the united states into tennessee. make sure you are preparing for the possibility of strong winds,
maybe some hail. somewhat of an unsettled weather pattern from chicago to toronto. highs in the low 30s. much dryer along the west coast of the united states and into canada. we also take a look at europe. we are also seeing an unstable weather pattern from the british isles into portions of western europe. eventually, this system will spread its influence into central europe. wednesday, you will see an increase in thunderstorm activities. some areas may see strong storms, in he where from berlin into vienna. warsaw, a chance for rain, high of 29 for our wednesday. we will see a little bit of a calmer weather pattern into the british isles. london, a high of 19. a little cooler as we go into wednesday. finally, let's wrap things up with a look at the world cup forecast as the semifinals between brazil and germany take place on tuesday. high of 24 degrees under sunny skies. hope you have a good day wherever you are. here is your extended outlook.
six-day run at lincoln center. kabuki master nakura founded the company. his son now leads the troop. they are performing a play from the 19th century that tells how a ghost takes vengeance on his killer. the actors rehearsed in front of the media before their first show on monday. the play features a waterfall that uses a huge amount of water. kankuro switches between three roles with lightning speed. >> translator: my father really wanted to perform this play here. we'll convey his passion and our own throughout the week so new yorkers can enjoy kabuki. >> the third time the troop has performed in new york since 2007. that's "newsline" for this hour. hour. i'm gene otani in tokyo.